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Course summary

This course is underpinned by the four key distinct disciplinary strands of Forensic Investigation, Criminology, Criminal Justice and Work Related Skills/Experience. These four strands enable students to analyse contemporary issues from a range of multidisciplinary perspectives, providing essential transferable skills for employment. In addition, the course provides students with a well-rounded knowledge base, application and experience of work-related skills for progression onto higher level educational courses or to relevant industry employment. The course operates on a modular basis, all of which are compulsory. You will take 120 credits each year. In Year 1 you will take 3 modules weighted at 20 credits and two modules weighted at 30 credits. In Year 2, you will take 6 modules weighted at 20 credits each. In Year 3, the Dissertation is weighted at 40 credits, and you will take two modules at 30 credits and one at 20 credits.


Year 1 for full-time students (Level 4) Semesters 1 and 2 CF101 Introduction to Criminology CF103 Introduction to Policing CF104 Introduction to Forensic Investigation Semester 1 only CF105 Academic Skills Semester 2 only CF102 Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation Year 2 for full-time students (Level 5) Semesters 1 and 2 CF201 Criminological Research Methods CF202 Criminal Investigation and the Justice System Semester 1 only CF203 Cybercrime and Society CF206 Forensic Taphonomy and Entomology Semester 2 only CF204 Serious Offenders and Imprisonment CF205 Role of an Expert Witness Year 3 for full-time students (Level 6) Semesters 1 and 2 CF301 Dissertation CF302 Professional Development CF303 Terrorism, Security and Political Violence CF304 Mass Disaster Studies

Assessment method

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and the final year dissertation. The grades from formal assessments count towards your final module mark. Percentage of the course assessed by coursework: Year 1 75% coursework 17% written exams 8% practical exams Year 2 83% coursework 17% written exams Year 3 100% coursework

How to apply

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University Centre Southend
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)7IELTS 7.0 - minimum 6.5 across all components.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £17930 Year 1
England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1
EU £17930 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Criminology & Forensic Investigation at University Centre South Essex - UCAS